Research on the network architecture transformation presented during conference2017-11-17
On November 6-8 researchers from Karlstad University presented several papers connected to 5G and future network architecture. The rapid digitization we are experiencing right now demands extreme capacity from communication networks and to meet these demands new and more automated and flexible network architectures are needed.
Expanding and implementing new functions and services for current networks is often expensive and demands a lot of resources. This is partly because the network functions and components are in need of specialized and physical hardware. With faster commodity hardware and better architecture, network functions can be dynamically deployed whenever they are required and wherever they can be hosted inside virtualized datacenters, which is likely to change the way communication networks are build and operated. Within Computer Science at Karlstad University one focus area is computer networking where part of the research is about 5G and the future network architecture.
IEEE Conference on Network Function Virtualization and Software Defined Networks 2017 connects researchers and people from industry from all over the world, focussing on flexible and automated communication networks. During the conference, researchers from Karlstad University presented three research papers, two of them from the research profile on High Quality Networked Services in a Mobile World (HITS).
- The conference was mainly about 5G and the future virtualized and software defined networks. Within Computer Science at Karlstad university we are researching how the latency of packet processing is impacted by the virtualized environment and how they should be placed to meet the various network and service requirements, says Andreas Kassler, professor in Computer Science at Karlstad University. We are also exploring flexible approaches of connecting different virtual networks in a data centre so that the network traffic is manged in an optimized way.
Within the HITS research profile, Computer Science at Karlstad University collaborates with five industrial companies in Sweden to develop new and better networked services that meet the demands of an increasingly mobile world. HITS started in the autumn of 2014 and is funded by the Knowledge Foundation of Sweden with the aim to increase the competitiveness of Swedish industry.
IEEE NFV-SDN 2017 conference was attended by approximately 100 participants from both academia and the industry. The conference was arranged for the third year and it was also a part of the Berlin 5G Week 2017.
- A lot of the conference participants represented the industry, says Andreas Kassler. For us, the conference was a good opportunity to disseminate our research and to make new contacts, both from businesses and other research groups.